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Safety Concerns Determine Level of Public Support for Driverless Vehicles, Finds NTU Singapore Study


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A safety test of an autonomous bus.

A study of Singapore residents by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore found that support for autonomous vehicle adoption generally is based on perceptions of how safe the technology is (or isn't).

Credit: Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) found that support for autonomous vehicle (AV) adoption generally is based on perceptions of safety issues.

The study of 1,006 Singapore residents assessed their support for AVs after they were shown positive and negative blog posts about the vehicles' safety, impact on jobs and the economy, and data collection.

The researchers found respondents showed less support for AVs after viewing information about their potential dangers, even if exposed to positive news about how they create numerous high-paying jobs or how the data they collect could be used to improve convenience and efficiency.

NTU Singapore's Shirley Ho said, "Even after all the safety measures are in place, public consultation is still necessary to ensure that the public's concerns, especially those of a moral and ethical nature, are taken into consideration in the process of developing the technology, before launching driverless cars on a large scale."

From Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
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